Men Of Iron

Only a few months before, Richard 11.-Kent, wicked, and treacherous-had been dethroned, and Henry IV. declared King in his stead, But it was only a seeming peacefulness, lasting but for a little while for though king Henry proved himself a just and a merciful man-as justice and mercy went with the men of iron of those clays-and though he did not care to shed blood needlessly, there were many noble families who had been benefited by King Edward during his reign, and who had lost somewhat of their power and prestige from the coming in of the new King. Among these were a number of great lords the Dukes of Albemarle, Surrey, and Exeter, the Earl of Marquis of Dorset, the Earl of Gloucester, and others-who had been degraded to their former titles and estates, from which King Richard had lifted them. These and others brewed a secret plot to take King Henrys life, which plot might have succeeded had not one of their own number betrayed them. Their plan had been to fall upon the King and his adherents, and to massacre them during a great tournament, to be held at Oxford. But Henry did not appear at the lists where- upon, knowing that he had been lodging at Windsor with only a few attendants, the conspirators marched there against him. In the mean time the King had been warned of the plot, so that, instead of finding him in the royal castle, they discovered through their scouts that he had hur- ried to London, whence he was even then marching against them at the head of a considerable army. So nothing was left them but flight. Some betook themselves one way, some another some sought sanctuary here, some there but one and another, they were all of them caught and killed. The Earl of Kent-one time Duke of Surrey -and the Earl of Salisbury were beheaded in the market-place at Cirenccstcr Lord Le Despencer --once the Earl of Gloucester-and Lord Lumley met the same fate at Bristol the Earl of Huntingdon was taken in the Essex ens, carried to the castle of the Duke of GIoucester, Who he had betrayed to his death in King Richards time, and was there killed by the castle people. Those few who found friends faithful and bold enough to afford them shelter, dragged those friends down in their own ruin...

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By ladydusk (Delaware, OH) · ★★★★☆ · June 14, 2013
Own as Audio CD read by Jim Weiss. I hope to change to the correct edition soon ...

We listened to Men of Iron on a long trip. We enjoyed the story; the exploits and doings of Myles Falworth were exciting. His maturation throughout the book was well done - from foolish boy to brave, wise knight. H... ...more
By Terri (American Fork, UT) · ★★★★☆ · November 16, 2010
This classic novel of knights in shining armour, British Kings, and jousting is really great literature. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. Don't get me wrong, this is isn't a thrill a minute. It is actually quite slow and methodical. But, I learned a lot about how people became knights and what... ...more
By John (Waterville, MN) · ★★★★☆ · July 09, 2013
This is a wonderful "Boys' Book."

I read it decades ago, and it still appeals to this 50-year-old boy, perhaps because it makes me first like that young lad I was in the early 1970s. That is it's greatest strength, I feel; it captures and romanticizes knighthood in the time of King Henry IV for im... ...more
By Jmassa (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · January 15, 2012
Enjoyable YA adventure, set at the height of the age of chivalry, but written with the stong moral force (and occasional moralizing) of the Victorian era. ...more
By Gwen (Moscow, ID) · ★★★☆☆ · July 21, 2009
Lovely, predictable, knightly stuff. ...more
By Daniel (Columbus, OH) · ★★★☆☆ · November 18, 2012
Men of Iron is a historical fiction novel set in the middle period of the Hundred Years War (during the reign of Henry IV) and follows the early life of Myles Falworth. Myles has the misfortune to be the son of a close confidant of King Richard II and as such, when Henry IV came to power, his fat... ...more
By James (West Jordan, UT) · ★★★☆☆ · December 10, 2009
After his family is forced to leave their home, Myles Falworth is sent to live with Earl Mackworth. He proves himself to be a leader as he continually leads the other squires in revolts against the bachelors who demand service from them. Mackworth takes a special interest in young Myles, providin... ...more
By Curtiss (Vancouver, WA) · ★★★★☆ · May 11, 2012
This novel was the basis of the Hollywood movie, "The Black Shield of Falworth," starring Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh. It depicts the struggle of young Myles Falworth to learn the truth about his family's disgrace in mediaeval England during the reign of Henry IV, and his training as first a squ... ...more
By J. Aleksandr · ★★★★☆ · February 05, 2014
I absolutely loved this medieval adventure novel (calling it historical fiction would be a stretch...) when I was younger. Pyle puts his protagonist in the position of needing to grow up and become a knight in order to recover his family's honor by challenging and killing his father's accuser, th... ...more
By Brian (Houston, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · March 21, 2015
An enjoyable, quick read aloud to young sons. This isn't comparable to the modern fare that a boy between 8 and 15 would pick up and read on his own, but it works well if you are reading it to your son (or sons) as I did. The story line is exciting, it is fast-paced, and it includes a number of t... ...more